Patterson's not worried about BCS rankings

October, 24, 2009
10/24/09
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson

PROVO, Utah -- TCU coach Gary Patterson didn’t want to talk about the BCS after Saturday’s 38-7 shellacking of BYU.
 
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 BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall and TCU coach Gary Patterson before TCU's 38-7 victory. Patterson did not talk about his team's chances at a BCS game.

He skirted three questions before finally addressing the elephant in the room and even then, he didn’t really use his press conference as a way to advocate the Horned Frogs for a BCS game despite their 7-0 record.

Patterson knows all too well that success can be fleeting.

“You guys have to understand, I stood on that sideline at Oklahoma and saw how high it was and listened to all the phone calls,” Patterson said reflecting back to 2005 when the Horned Frogs upset the Sooners during the opening game of the season and then lost to SMU in the next game. “And then I also stood on that sideline at SMU back in 2005. And I have not lost that really, really high and I have not lost that really, really low.”

Still, No. 8 TCU’s dominance over No. 16 BYU will not go unnoticed by the pollsters. From the opening kick, TCU took charge of the game on both sides of the ball and jumped out to a 21-0 lead before BYU scored a touchdown late in the first half.

And that was as close as BYU would get. The Horned Frogs defense stiffened, got to quarterback Max Hall and capitalized on his mistakes -- an interception and a fumble. BYU made silly penalties during TCU drives, which allowed TCU to turn stalled possessions into scores.

Patterson said earlier in the week that his team had been looking forward to the BYU game since the spring and that beating a ranked BYU team in a place where they haven’t lost a league game since 2005 should cause some movement when the BCS standings are released tomorrow evening.

“Chris Peterson and Boise have a good football team,” Patterson said. “Hopefully, this game counts for something because it was a ranked team and it was a team that was ranked in the BCS standings. But also, if it doesn’t change much, I don’t have any control over that. All I can control is trying to beat UNLV.”

But as Patterson continued he noted that his team wasn’t the only nonautomatic qualifying school that deserved some national recognition.

Patterson has acknowledged his respect for the Boise State program all season and even ran a play of Boise State’s during Saturday’s win -- the reverse play that set up receiver Jeremy Kerley’s 44-yard pass to Bart Johnson in the first quarter.

And after Saturday’s win, Patterson said there weren’t “a bunch of great teams” in college football this year and intimated that if Boise State and TCU go undefeated that both deserve spots in BCS bowls.

“If there was going to be a year, if we could win out and Boise could win out, you’d have two teams that are pretty good football teams, this one might be one of those years that this might get done,” Patterson said. “Obviously, that’s not how [the BCS] does things, but if we were to ever do things for the right reasons, maybe it might get done.”

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